Section 11.002 of the Texas Property Code provides that "an instrument relating to real or personal property may not be recorded unless it is in English or complies with this section." That statute identifies only two exceptions to the English-only rule for recording instruments in Texas, each of which require that an English translation accompany the foreign language filing:
- An instrument written in another language executed prior to August 22, 1897; or
- An English instrument with a foreign-language acknowledgement if acknowledged outside the United States and containing a certificate, stamp, or seal of a notary public or other official before whom the acknowledgment was taken.
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